Seeing the Battle Unfold on the Ground vs. in the Air

In Leadership That Works,Leith Anderson writes

June 6, 1994, was the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which began the historic World War II battle to liberate continental Europe from Nazi control. All the major television networks ran anniversary programs that included interviews with aging veterans.

One of the programs paired two contrasting interviews back to back. The first interview was with a marine who had landed on Omaha Beach. He recalled horrors that sounded like scenes from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning movie Saving Private Ryan. The aging veteran recalled looking around at the bloody casualties surrounding him and concluding, “We’re going to lose!”

The next interview was with a U.S. Army Air Corps reconnaissance pilot who had flown over the whole battle area. He viewed the carnage on the beaches and hills, but he also witnessed the successes of the marines, the penetration by the paratroopers, and the effectiveness of the aerial bombardment. He looked at everything that was happening and concluded, “We’re going to win!”

This is not only an insightful history lesson, but a lesson for believers who think that God’s kingdom is losing ground. If we could only see from his sovereign, providential, eternal, heavenly perspective. Not only is he going to win, but he has won. When Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished,” he proclaimed victory—a victory that the Apostle John confirms in his vision that is recorded in Revelation.

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